Spring is in the air. Time to unfurl ourselves from cold, dark winter and embrace the lighter, warmer and longer days. Kate, one of our resident yoga teachers, has put together this simple sequence of three postures (asanas) to help. This sequence is easy to follow, even for a beginner, and will help to wake up, warm up and energise your body while opening you to the new season.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
- Start by grounding your feet down into the floor.
- Make sure your feet should be hip distance apart.
- Energise the legs so the muscles are contracted.
- Draw in the abdomen and send the tail bone down.
- Draw the shoulders back, open the chest and make your arms and fingers strong.
- Keep your chin level with the floor and feel the sensation of grounding, of being strong and secure.
- Take a couple of deep breaths, in and out through the nose.
Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
- From Mountain Pose, take the weight onto your right leg and foot. Feel the sense of grounding.
- Bring your left foot up and rest it on the inside of your right thigh. You can place your foot just below or just above the knee if the top of your thigh is too much of a stretch.
- Feel the sensation of opening across the hips. Bring your hands together in front of you in Prayer Position.
- Fix your gaze straight ahead of you. Don’t worry if you wobble, as even the sturdiest of trees move in the wind.
- Take your hands up above your head, opening them out to the side like a tree.
- Bring your hands back together in front of your heart and then gently and slowly release the foot back to the floor.
- Repeat on the other side, taking the weight onto your left leg and foot and following the sequence above. This helps us to keep a sense of balance.
Relaxation Pose (Savaasana)
- Come down onto your mat with control, placing your hands down behind you, then sit all the way down with your feet infront of you facing the soles of the feet together.
- Take hold of your ankles. Make sure your hips feel comfortable. You should feel a bit of a stretch in your inner thighs and hips. From here, roll the body back down onto the mat.
- If your back is still, put a pillow behind you as that feels really good. Walk your hands backwards coming down onto your elbows with your palms facing up towards the ceiling.
- Release your head back and gently close your eyes.
- Feel a sense of openness across the hips, taking a couple of deep breaths.
- Spend five or ten minutes relaxing here.
- To come out of this pose, roll gently and slowly onto your right side, place your right palm on the floor in front of you and push yourself up to sitting.
- Feel the contact between your sitting bones and the floor. Place your hands on your knees, raising the shoulders up and down and gently opening the eyes.
- Just take a few minutes to feel the body and the influence of your practice today.
- Bring your hands in front of your heart in Prayer Pose.
Namaste (my soul greets your soul).
If you’re a newbie to yoga, we offer complimentary yoga and spa classes to our guests when you stay with us – that are suitable for anyone – take a look at our current schedule.
We have also just released special yoga breaks which we can create bespoke to you, take a look at our Luxury Yoga Retreats to find out more.